Editor’s note: LifeSiteNews sometimes publishes news notes, a key list of pro-life and pro-family stories that we simply don’t have the time to report on ourselves. Below are news notes for November 20, 2019.
November 20, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — There’s no lack of troubling news this week as pro-lifers continue to wonder why British pro-life activist Caroline Farrow was denied entry to the United States yesterday and as people around the world learn from actress Emilia Clarke the truth about how traumatizing it was to film rape scenes in Game of Thrones. Clarke was just 23 when filming began.
Notable stories LifeSite was unable to cover today but deserve attention nonetheless include:
- The U.K. High Court is allowing a former policeman who retweeted a limerick critical of transgenderism to “challenge the National College of Policing's guidance on ‘hate incidents’ against transgender people.” Police recorded the retweet as a “hate incident” and said they’d continue to monitor the man’s social media accounts, even though no crime had been committed.
- In honor of International Men’s Day yesterday, the American Civil Liberties Union took to Twitter to declare, “There’s no one way to be a man” and “Men who get their periods are men. Men who get pregnant and give birth are men.”
- “God always has a plan,” 21-year-old University of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa tweeted after dislocating his hip during a game and having to be airlifted to a hospital. Fans are inspired by his faith, especially given that he may never be able to play football again.
- Virginia Democrats are making good on their left-wing campaign promises. Monday was the first day to file bills that will be introduced in the legislature in January 2020, and Democrat Sen. Richard Saslaw of Fairfax filed a bill to repeal the commonwealth’s pre-abortion waiting period and the requirement that minors obtain parental consent before undergoing abortions. A resolution to ratify the pro-abortion Equal Rights Amendment was also introduced. For the first time in 26 years, Democrats control both branches of the state legislature and the governorship. They won this sweeping victory despite their party’s various infanticide, sex, sexual assault, and blackface scandals.
- The Democratic Attorneys General Association, which is “the only committee solely dedicated to electing and supporting Democratic state Attorneys General,” announced Monday that it will now only endorse pro-abortion candidates. The organization is hosting Planned Parenthood acting president Alexis McGill Johnson at its Winter Policy Conference this week. The Democratic Governors Association has not yet banned pro-lifers from its ranks; the group endorsed Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards for re-election despite his pro-life position, one that is increasingly rare for Democrats to hold.
- The law firm Becket (formerly the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty) has launched its first annual Religious Freedom Index, “a comprehensive study that uses rigorous scale-construction methods to track trends in perspectives on American religious freedom.”